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Having trouble to start the van, battery, starter all seems to

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Having trouble to start the van, battery, starter all seems to fine and when you try to start, it just keeps trying and never starts.Its ford Windstar 2001 LX


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Sep 28, 2009
have the van checked for proper fuel pressure, also have the electronic engine control odule checked for trouble codes.


Using the device to check any fault, scans and comes back "NO CODES", I wasn't happy when I filled the gas last time in some remote country side. Not sure if that caused the problem. Is there any way I can check for proper fuel pressure myself. Thanks for the immediate response though.


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Sep 28, 2009
- to check fuel pressure you need to buy a fuel pressure test gauge for a Ford, about $50, the test port is on the top of the engine in the pipe that goes over and supplies fuel to the injectors, it look like a tire valve.


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Sep 28, 2009
- to check fuel pressure you need to buy a fuel pressure test gauge for a Ford, about $50, the test port is on the top of the engine in the pipe that goes over and supplies fuel to the injectors, it look like a tire valve.

Changed the relay switch, and while changing the fuel filter did not see any pressure from the fuel pipe(I did not have to do anything to de-pressurise the fuel pipe). Tried starting and it did not, Not sure if there is power getting to the fuel pump, I hear no sound near the fuel tank if I open the fuel tank cap, while the ignition goes to ON position. Pls advise and many thanks for your fast responses, Thanks


Sep 28, 2009
- sounds like your fuel pump has failed, that is the common cause of this problem, there should be a low whinning coming from tank with key turned to run it lasts for 1 second.


Followed the above for

Changed the Fuel Filter, Relay Switch and the Fuel Pump (today).
Now I hear the little click sound when I turn the ignition key to ON, and tried starting using jumper cable as the battery went low. Also checked the fuel pump reset button in the cargo area, that looked to be in the ON position (ie I can push that button any further down)

DOES not start, am I missing any thing , pls advise and as always thanks for the responses

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  • ashokhv Oct 03, 2009

    stupid question, removed the fuel pipe just before the fuel filter, and brought the ignition switch to ON shouldn't the fuel spew out if the pump is working ?

    Gas in the fuel tank shows little less than 1/4 of the tank.

    Thanks

  • ashokhv Dec 03, 2009

    Here is the summary and thanks to the Guru here who definitely pointed me in right direction.

    Here is what I did
    # 1 Changed the relay switch (Did not work -6$)
    #2 Changed the fuel filter (Did not work-18$)
    #3 Changed the Fuel Pump (Did Not work- ~ 200$)

    gave up fixing myself after exhaustive brain storming, called the mechanic to tow and look for, he came back with fixing and charging 300$ !!!!

    He said he replaced a fuse for fuel motor, which was 5th position on the right last row. I could not trust my readying, I had gone thru the fuse details when I performed the step#1 above, and just a oversight cost me 300$.

    Well I learnt about the fuel system going thru this, and will some time post the pics and notes I made on this soon.

    Now I got one more issue with maintenance check light when its cold and moist, the code reader is coming up with P306 and looks like the cable or the spark plug needs to be replaced.

    Thanks to this forum for those quick responses.




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Are you one of those people who TOP OFF the tank when filling up?

When the EVAP recovery system soak with few ounce of gasoline......the trap vapor will take few days escape.

EVAP system is design to handle fuel vapor. Few ounce of gasoline can damage the fuel vapor recovery relay and decrease the service live of the recovery lines.

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You can accelerate the process by locating the charcoal canister (near the nose of the car and same side as your gas filler door)

MOVE the car to outdoor.

Disconnect the EVAP line and let it air out by itself.

DO NOT introduce any heat source or fan to speed up the process.

Reconnect this EVAP hose and use a small amount of starting fluid at the intake manifold.


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Check your battery cables. Make sure they dont pull out of the lugs and make sure they are grounded properly as this will cause you this problem. had similar experience not long ago.

Check the alternator to. You can take it in and have it tested or jump start it and disconnect your battery and see if it dies. IF it dies then the alternator is bad.

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